When a serious injury or illness leads to the need for longer-term rehabilitation, many patients in the Ozarks have found there isn’t a room close to home. Now, care is expanding with the opening of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield.
The $28 million, 63,000-square-foot facility has 60 beds – basically double the number that were available at Mercy Hospital Springfield. As a Level I trauma center for Arkansas and Missouri, as well as the region’s only burn unit, the main hospital sees a number of patients who need rehab services.
“We’d simply outgrown that space,” explained Dr. Hollis Bell, medical director for Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield. “When I was a little girl, I used to ride by this land with my great-grandfather on his tractor. Now I’ve gotten to see it transformed into a space where we can offer healing and hope for even more patients. We’re going to do great work here.”
The expanded space will also allow for more options for patient rehabilitation. There’s an apartment where patients can practice daily living tasks before they return home. There is also an outdoor area where they will encounter different walking surfaces like grass and gravel.
Other unique features will include:
“In this hospital, we have the privilege and opportunity to make a significant, positive change in a patient’s life after they’ve gone through what is likely the most drastic adverse event in their life,” said Duke Saldivar, CEO of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield. “Over an average of just two weeks of hospitalization, we can return the majority of our patients to a meaningful and productive life.”
Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield, located at 5904 S. Southwood Road, is a partnership between Mercy and Centerre Healthcare Corporation, a national leader in the development and operation of rehabilitation hospitals. Centerre has partnered with Mercy for similar projects in St. Louis and Oklahoma City. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. was the construction manager.